Following a sold-out premiere at London’s National Theatre, the Sam Mendes-directed production of The Lehman Trilogy will transfer to the West End in spring 2019. The news of the transfer follows a recently announced New York City engagement at the Park Avenue Armory, also slated for the spring.
As previously reported, The Lehman Trilogy will play the Park Avenue Armory March 22–April 20, 2019. The production will then play a 12-week run in London's Piccadilly Theatre produced by the National Theatre and Neal Street Productions.
The Stefano Massini play, featuring an adapted, English-language script by Ben Power, follows the 163-year saga that begins with a young man in Bavaria dreaming of a new life and ends with one of the world’s largest financial crises.
Reprising their performances in the three-part play (all told in a single evening) will be Adam Godley, Ben Miles, and Simon Russell Beale, who play the three title brothers, their sons, and grandsons. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
“The Lehman Trilogy was developed over three years without the constraint of a schedule, or even a destination—I was allowed time to find its form, and to build a wonderful team with which to make it,” comments director Mendes. “One of the chief joys has been to work across borders with two great writers, and to invite three of the finest actors of their generation to work with us. We are indebted to the National Theatre and the Park Avenue Armory for their unstinting support throughout, and I couldn’t be more excited to show it to New York audiences and to be extending our London life in the West End.”
The new staging features sets by Es Devlin, lighting by Jon Clark, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, sound design and original music by Nick Powell, and video design by Luke Halls.
The world premiere of Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy opened at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan in 2015, marking director Luca Ronconi’s final production before his death.